Justin Kahle

Sept. 6, 2011

What a great week for Friar soccer! After the road win at Quinnipiac, Providence came home to take on cross-town rivals Brown University in the semifinals of the Ocean State Soccer Classic. The Friars played well and brought great energy and spirit to the game. Brown was up for the challenge as the game quickly became a back and forth battle. Both teams were held scoreless until the 69th minute when David Datilus took off on a winding forty-yard run past three Brown defenders and served a cross onto the head of Greg Davis' diving body. The next twenty-one minutes were a great chance for Providence so show its defensive grit and the team was prepared to keep the shutout. Providence goalkeeper, Jhojan Obando, made a point blank reaction save late in the second half to secure the win. It was a good semi-final win but it did not mark the end of the tournament for the Friars.

The final was held Monday night at the University of Rhode Island campus versus the home town URI Rams. URI is a very difficult place to go and play. The team has a solid fan base that creates an electric atmosphere to the game and brings relentless energy to the URI team. That being said, it is a state rivalry that never loses its muster so both teams were up to the task. The Friars played well, maintaining most of the possession throughout the game. They had a few chances throughout the first half but were not able to test the goalkeeper. The Friar backline held strong and regular time ended with a 0-0 scoreline. Overtime is never easy. Having a great fitness level is integral to a team's overtime success, especially on a very humid night like it was for the game. Providence wasted no time. Just three minutes into the first overtime, Brian Grisell made a darting run with the ball from the left sideline across to the center of the goal and hit a shot that was parried by the URI goalie. Wilder Arboleda came crashing into the box and slotted the rebound into the far side netting and that was it, a golden goal victory! The Friars defended their spot as the Ocean State Classic champions! It was the second year in a row that Arboleda scored the tournament winner for the Friars!



It is great for the team to win a trophy. Now is a chance to refocus and get prepared for upcoming games, using the momentum the team has already created. The next game for the Friars is this Saturday at 1 p.m. versus Sacred Heart on Glay Field.
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